September 2019 President’s Tidbits

President’s Tidbits - September 2019
Betty Shelden Knopf, Ed.D. ()

Houston, We Have A Problem!
These are words that we don’t want to say. These are also words we don’t want to hear. As your SFA President, the time has come for me to say these words to you, SFA members.
For several years, there has been a decline in the number of leaders of this organization as seen from vacant positions and members taking more than one committee position along with some committees not working. Currently, one officer has timed-out of a leadership position and other officers have declined to continue in their leadership positions. Yes, we have profoundly critical leadership problems!!!!!

For several months articles in Tidbits have announced the need for leadership to fill all offices, committee chairs, co-chairs, and committee members along with new Board of Directors. Every day I check my phone messages, my emails, and my mailbox for responses from members. Thus far, there has been one (1) response to me about my Tidbit leadership articles.
As SFA President, it is my view that for the Sheldon Family Association to continue with its stated vision and purpose, a large number of leaders must come forward and must facilitate more dialogue to address our future.

Elected positions that are open:
President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Directors-at-Large

Appointed positions that are open include chairs, co-chairs, and committee members:
Archives, Bylaws, Database, DNA, Finance, Genealogy, Membership, Nominating, Publications, Quarterly, Reunion, Social Media, Webmaster

It is time to step up!!!!!!
Contact me at: Betty Shelden Knopf ()
916-944-3553 (Pacific Coast Time) or 3834 Marshall Ave., Carmichael, CA 95608
P.S. For those members who want to study our bylaws and Maine’s leadership requirements, go to:,,

September History Events
1777 The Stars and Stripes is reportedly flown in battle for the first time at Cooch’s Bridge, Delaware.
1845 The Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York, the first baseball team, is organized.
1864 Union General William T. Sherman’s forces occupy Atlanta.
1888 George Eastman patents the Kodak camera, the first to use film rolls.
1892 The Pledge of Allegiance is first published in the Youth’s Companion magazine.
1945 Japan formally surrenders aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II.
1954 The last of 2,956 radio episodes of The Lone Ranger is broadcast.
1981 Sandra Day O’Connor is sworn in as the first female U.S. Supreme Court justice.
1995 Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. plays in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking Lou Gehrig’s record.
2008 The final baseball game is played at the old Yankees Stadium (New York defeats Baltimore 7-3).
(Source: The American Patriot’s Almanac by W.J. Bennett and J. Cribb, 2010)

A member has shared the following additional information about the U.S. Federal Census.
For new SFA members, previous copies of the President’s Tidbits can be found at:
The younger generations want to see Sheldon genealogy on YouTube and we are still spelling it "UTube". If you search for “Marvin Parsons RootsMagic” you can find most of his videos on YouTube

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Another super Sheldon-gift has been donated to be auctioned at the Annual Meeting!!!

Super huge thanks are extended to Alberta Dunn! Alberta is leaving as a member of the SFA Board of Directors and as the Reunion Chairperson. Her many, many years of service have added greatly to our association and she will be greatly missed. Smiles to Alberta.
And more super huge thanks are extended to Judy Sheldon! Judy has been our SFA Secretary and Social Media Chair. She has been faithful in working to get our Maine registration, connecting us with teleconferencing for our BOD Meetings, and recording our new bylaws. Judy has provided details with such style.

Your Ballot Has Been Sent!!!!!
All SFA members in “good standing” (meaning current paid annual dues and life members) have received an email ballot to elect officers and directors. Each member will be able to submit one vote either by printing a paper ballot and mailing it back or by voting in person at the Annual Meeting at our Reunion in Missouri.
If you print a paper ballot, please mail it to Judy Sheldon, 5029 Timberlakes Blvd. S., Greenbush, MI 48738.

The deadline to return a paper ballot is September 14, 2019.

Farewell, auf Wiedersehen
As this is my final President’s Tidbits, I say farewell. I have shared with the SFA Board my decision to resign from the position of SFA President effective the close of the Annual Membership Meeting in St. Charles, MO, on Saturday, September 21, 2019.